Cisco Nexus SUP1 vs SUP2 : Know the difference

Rashmi Bhardwaj | Blog,BUZZ,Hardware, Infrastructure & Design

Cisco Nexus Supervisor modules provide control plane and management functions for 7000 and 7700 Series Chassis switches.

Nexus SUP1 was the 1st generation of Supervisor modules and its successor being the SUP2 series. Nexus 7000 Series Sup2 Modules are based on a quad-core Intel Xeon processor with 12 GB of memory. Having a faster CPU and expanded memory compared to the 1st generation Sup1 module enable better control-plane performance and enhanced user experience.

Both SUP1 and SUP2 have some similarities as stated below –


  • Maximum 32 FEX are supported (1536 ports)
  • Both are supported on Nexus 7000 Series platform

Comparison Table: Cisco Nexus SUP1 and SUP2

Further, the comparison between SUP1 and SUP2 is enlisted below –

Dual-Core XeonQuad-Core Xeon
Speed (GHz)1.662.13
Memory (GB)812
Flash memoryCompact FlashUSB
Fibre Channel over
Ethernet on F2 module
CPU shareNoYes
Virtual Device Contexts
44+1 admin VDC
Connectivity Management
Processor (CMP)
SupportedNot Supported
DimensionsH x W x D - 1.2 x 15.3 x 21.9 in.H x W x D - 1.18 x 15.35 x 21.85 in.
Weight10 lb (4.5 kg)10.34 lb (4.7 kg)

Download the comparison table here.

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